Category Archives: Alumni
Professor Frank Maraist was known for asking his students, “Are you running with me?,” as a way of judging their comprehension and zeroing in on those suspected of losing track during his fast-paced lectures! In December, a group of former students, friends and colleagues, launched a campaign to name The Frank L. Maraist Lecture Hall (Room 110) in honor their teacher, mentor, friend and colleague. The steering committee, led by Ralph E. Kraft (’75), has been hard at work during the silent phase of the campaign, raising nearly $200,000 toward the $500,000 goal.
Leaders of the criminal justice system, the state and local legal community, along with concerned community members, engaged in a day-long discussion on criminal sentencing reform during the 2016 Louisiana Law Review’s symposium held on Friday, January 22, 2016. Entitled, Throw Away the Key: Criminal Sentencing Reform in the 21st Century, the symposium featured experts and legal scholars from across the nation.
Two candidates will interview next week for the position of Dean of the LSU Law Center. A series of meetings and talks with the LSU Law community and LSU administration are scheduled during the campus visits.
Candidate Thomas C. Galligan, Jr. will meet with the LSU Law community at a reception scheduled for Tuesday, January 26, 2016, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at The Club at Union Square. Candidate Cynthia L. Fountaine will meet with the LSU Law community at a reception scheduled for Thursday, January 28, 2016, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at The Club at Union Square.
Professor Emeritus Thomas A. Harrell passed away on January 20, 2016. Professor Harrell was a Coif graduate of the Law Center, Class of 1951. Professor Harrell joined the Law Center and served on the faculty for twenty-three years, teaching courses in mineral rights (oil and gas), property, security devices, corporations, contracts, oil and gas taxation, law office practice, Civil Law Systems, oil and gas law seminars, and security in moveables (U.C.C. Art. 9).
John Bel Edwards was sworn in today as the 56th Governor of Louisiana. A 1999 graduate of the LSU Law Center, Edwards graduated as a member of The Order of the Coif and served on the Louisiana Law Review. Prior to his election as governor, Edwards served as the State Representative for Louisiana District 72.
Some 150 students, family members, friends, and colleagues gathered for the first annual, “Jog for Cheney Jo,” on Sunday, January 10, 2016. The event was held in honor of Cheney Joseph, long-time professor and Interim Co-Dean of the LSU Law Center, who passed away on December 18, 2015.
The LSU Law Center will be closed on Thursday, December 24 — Friday, January 1, 2016, in celebration of the holiday. We will reopen on Monday, January 4, 2016. If you are inquiring about an end-of-the-year gift, please contact Karen Soniat, Alumni Relations Office, at 225/938-7763, or visit the LSU Foundation’s secure online giving site at www.lsufoundation.org/givetolsulaw.
The LSU Law Center community mourns the loss of our beloved Interim Co-Dean Cheney C. Joseph, Jr., who passed away this morning, December 18, 2015. He was the heart and soul of the Law Center, and he was one of the most influential lawyers and people in the history of the Louisiana legal profession. We all are blessed to have known and loved this great lawyer, professor, and man, whose spirit and influence will live forever through his family, friends, colleagues, students and graduates. We will not see his like again.
LSU Law Center Honors 2015 Distinguished Alumnus and Achievement Honorees at Awards Luncheon; Honorable James L. Dennis Receives Honorary Degree
The LSU Law Center honored Edward J. Walters, Jr. as the 2015 LSU Law Center Distinguished Alumnus of the Year and Jeffrey K. Coreil, Jennifer A. Jones, Edwin G. Preis, Jr., Kimberly L. Robinson and Dean A. Sutherland for Distinguished Achievement at an awards luncheon held Sunday, October 11 at the Lod Cook Conference Center in Baton Rouge. Also recognized at the luncheon was the Honorable James L. Dennis, Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, who received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws in recognition of his substantial contributions to the development of the law, to the judiciary and to our State, region and nation.
The LSU Law Center’s Diversity Task Force has submitted its recommendations to interim co-deans William Corbett and Cheney Joseph, Jr.
The task force was appointed in October 2014 by Jack Weiss, former Chancellor and Dean of the LSU Law Center, to make recommendations for how the Law Center could create and cultivate a better understanding of diverse cultures and help minority students succeed.